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To Horace Mann
As much as I am obliged to you for the description of your cocchiata*, I don't like to hear of it. It is very unpleasant, instead of being at it, to be prisoner in a melancholy, barren province, which would put one in mind of the deluge, only that we have no water. Do remember exactly how your last was; for I intend that you shall give me just such another coccMata next summer, if it pleases the kings and queens of this world to let us be at peace! For it rests that without fig-leaves, as my Lord Bacon says in one of his letters, J do ingenuously confess and acknowledge that I like nothing so well as Italy.
I agree with you extremely about Tuscany for Prince Charles, but I can only agree with you on paper ; for as to knowing anything of it, I am sure Sir Robert himself knows nothing of it: the Duke of Newcastle and my Lord Carteret keep him in as great ignorance as possible, especially the latter; and even in other times, you know how little he ever thought on those things. Believe me, he will every day know less.
Your last, which I have been answering, was of the 5th of August; I this minute receive another of the 12th. How I am charmed with your spirit and usage of RichcourtJ Mais ce n'est pas d'aujourdhui gue je commence a les mepriser*! I am so glad that you have quitted your calm, to treat them as they deserve. You don't tell me if his opposition in the Council hindered your intercession for taking place for the valet de chambre5. I hope not! I could not bear his thwarting you!
I am now going to write to your brother, to get you the overtures: and to desire he will send them with some
8 Originally a serenade listened to from carriages. Mann was about to give a concert in his garden. (See Mann and Manners, vol. i. p. 91.)
•* A phrase nsed by Mann in speak-
ing of the enemies of Sir Eobert Walpole.
5 Mr. Wbithed's servant, -who had robbed him, and was in prison.